May 312011
 

Part 2 of Adam Curtis’s compelling video essay All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace. In this second programme in the BBC 2 series he considers how humans have been ‘colonised’ by the machines they have built, the rise of the notion of the ‘ecosystem’, Jay Forrester’s ideas of feedback loops, and exposes the crucial fallacy in the idea of self-sustaining machines. It turns out these are not viable alternatives to existing power structures, despite optimism about Twitter-organised revolutions and suchlike. Brilliant, visually compelling ‘sociopolitical theatre’ with closely argued theses you need time to absorb and think about carefully (most of us, anyway!)